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Allyn Malventano
Storage Editor
San Antonio, TX

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Internals, Testing Methodology and System Setup

07/18/2014 - 13:35

Internals I won't be breaking into the clean-space of these new drives, but here's a peek under the PCBs: [inline:files/review/2014-07-18/20140715-195649.jpg] A closer look at the 6TB Red: [inline:files/review/2014-07-18/20140715-195731.jpg] ......

Conclusion, Pricing, and Final Thoughts

07/11/2014 - 17:21

Conclusion: PROS: Great performance, especially in 128GB and 256GB capacity points. Good cost/GB and availability (see below). CONS: Write speeds slightly reduced on 128GB model (but much less so than competing drives). [inline:files/review/2014-07-...


07/11/2014 - 16:33

Yapt (yet another performance test) is a benchmark recommended by a pair of drive manufacturers and was incredibly difficult to locate as it hasn't been updated or used in quite some time.  That doesn't make it irrelevant by any means though...

IOMeter - Average Transaction Time (rev 1)

07/11/2014 - 16:30

Back with the Kingston SSDNow V Series 40GB review, I revised the layout of these graphs to better show SSD latency and access time.  First, I have removed HDD results as they throw the scale too far to tell any meaningful difference in the SSD...

IOMeter - IOps

07/11/2014 - 16:24

Iometer is an I/O subsystem measurement and characterization tool for single and clustered systems. It was originally developed by the Intel Corporation and announced at the Intel Developers Forum (IDF) on February 17, 1998 - since then it got wide...

PCMark Vantage and 7

07/11/2014 - 16:16

For trace based testing, we are replacing the outdated PCMark 05 results with a pair of newer versions of the same. PCMark Vantage and PCMark 7 results will be included moving forward. We are also running PCMark 8 on samples as we receive them, however...


07/11/2014 - 16:05

HDTune tests a similar level of features as compared with HDTach, but with a different access pattern. Thus provides us with an additional set of benchmark numbers to compare between storage configurations. Here we can get the minimum, maximum...


07/11/2014 - 14:44

HD Tach will test the sequential read, random access and interface burst speeds of your attached storage device (hard drive, flash drive, removable drive, etc). All drive technologies such as SCSI, IDE/ATA, 1394, USB, SATA and RAID are supported. Test...

PCPer File Copy Test

07/11/2014 - 14:37

Our custom PCPer-FC test does some fairly simple file creation and copy routines in order to test the storage system for speed.  The script creates a set of files of varying sizes, times the creation process, then copies the same files to another...

Internals, Testing Methodology and System Setup

07/11/2014 - 13:06

Internals: After disassembly: [inline:files/review/2014-07-11/DSC02376.JPG] The housing and assembly is of good quality materials, and the aluminum doubles as a heatsink for both the Marvell controller and RAM. [inline:files/review/2014-07-11/DSC02377....